A lot of times, the simulated situations of a video game are a lot more enjoyable than they would be in real life. For example, a Street Fighter or King of Fighters session is a pretty fun way to kill an hour, but it’d be considerably less entertaining to, in reality, spend 60 minutes brawling with a string of 10 or 20 dudes, one after another.
But what about music and rhythm games? Sure, dropping a few hundred yen into Konami’s DJ simulator Beatmania is cheaper than cover charge at a club, and arcade staff members are much less likely to give you an attitude than a front door bouncer, but the digital version doesn’t give you the same chance to form a connection with potential romantic partners, does it?
Actually, sometimes it does, as seen in this newlywed couple’s Beatmania wedding cake.
Before there was a Rock Band or a Guitar Hero, there was Beatmania. The very first coin-op music game hit in Japan, Konami started the series in 1997, and while it’s gone through a huge number of sequels, updates, and spinoffs since, the screen setup has stayed more or less the same. Some sort of incidental graphic takes up the center of the monitor, and bordering it on each side are rows of beats that correspond to the keys and turntable.
Since that central image isn’t related to the gameplay, really it could be anything, and in various Beatmania releases it’s been a screaming monkey, pair of sumo wrestlers, and fleet of carrot-shaped space ships. So one Beatmania loving couple, the recently wed Shotaro and Yuka, figured they may as well use the space to commemorate their wedding. Instead of rendering everything in pixels, though, they did it in cake and frosting.
フリルを身に着けたボストロール (@oliga_cel21) November 24, 2014
▲ “I went to a wedding for two music gamers, and their cake was hardcore.”
とろとろ桃のらくとあいす (@LockedGirlRackt) November 24, 2014
Even the sign welcoming guests to the reception hall was done up in a manner similar to the artwork that adorns Beatmania arcade cabinets and home release covers.
Online commenters were impressed, and seemed to think it was a match made in rhythm gaming heaven.
“This is just awesome. I wish them all the best.”
“Haha It’s playing the song “truelove” from Beatmania, right?”
“I can’t express how jealous I am.”
In Beatmania, higher scores come from playing notes at the exactly proper time, with the game keeping track of how many consecutive successes you rack up. Hit 70 in a row, for example, and the text “GREAT 70” will flash onscreen.
We’re not sure what the 526 and 902 in Shotaro and Yuka’s cake are referring to. We guess those could be their birthdays, but maybe there’s an even deeper significance, like the number of happy days that’ve passed since their first date. Whatever it is, here’s hoping they keep that happy combo going as they start their new life together, and if they need a hand cutting the cake, we think there’s a similar-minded couple that could help them out.